Yellowstone and Grand Teton Wildlife Adventure

Grey Wolves, Magnificent Mountains, and Geothermal Wonders

Overview

Experience the Rocky Mountain splendor and phenomenal wildlife of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons! We’ll track the iconic wolf packs of Yellowstone’s amazing Lamar Valley, often called America’s Serengeti, hike in the majestic landscapes of the Grand Tetons, drift down the Snake River by private dory, and witness the geological wonder of Yellowstone, including the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Each day brings us something different, whether we’re hiking the inspiring trails, discovering fumaroles and mud pots, or spotting an amazing variety of wildlife—from herds of bison to elusive wolf packs on the prowl (our Trip Leader is involved with the local wolf-monitoring community). We’ve set the trip for September, when Yellowstone edges into its autumn glory and the bugling call of the bull elk echoes across the valleys. Traveling with a highly knowledgeable biologist Trip Leader maximizes our chances of spotting wildlife and we’ll get an “insider” opportunity to learn about Yellowstone's ecology, scientific studies, and conservation efforts. Begin your journey with an extension to hidden Flat Creek Ranch for three idyllic days of hiking, horseback riding, and fly fishing.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4, Sep 27-30, 2021
Jackson Hole, Wyoming / Snake River / Yellowstone / Sunrise Wolf Viewing / Pre-Trip Extension to Flat Creek Ranch

Arrive in Jackson Hole and head out on a float trip down the Snake River aboard a private wooden dory, keeping an eye out for bald eagles en route to our festive Welcome Dinner in a pristine riverside setting. The next day, a wildlife viewing drive brings us through Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone—our Trip Leader knows all the best spots along the way to look for wildlife. In Yellowstone, we get an early morning start for a day of exploring the renowned Lamar Valley, with its iconic packs of grey wolf. This famous valley also teems with other wildlife, from buffalo to elk, grizzly bear, black bear, pronghorn, otters, osprey, bald eagles, and coyotes, and the birdlife is phenomenal. Wildlife excursions and moderate hikes fill our days, with gourmet picnic lunches in the field. Overnights in the “Old West” town of Gardiner, Montana, just outside the North Entrance to Yellowstone. Pre-Trip Extension: Begin your adventure at hidden Flat Creek Ranch with three days of hiking, horseback riding, and fly fishing (3 nights/4 days).

Huff House Inn and Cabins
Jackson, USA
Day 1 (1 night), Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Yellowstone Gateway Inn
Gardiner, USA
Days 2 to 4 (3 nights)
Days 5-7, Oct 1- 3, 2021
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone / Grand Tetons

Heading south to the Tetons, we have wonderful wildlife viewing as well as a visit to the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, a thousand feet deep with multi-colored walls and thundering waterfalls. Our walk to the waterfall overlook reveals Yellowstone’s complex geologic history in dramatic shapes and colors. For our grand finale, we hike in the wilds of Bridger Teton National Forest, with its breathtaking views of the jagged Teton peaks. Depart from Jackson on Day 7.

Highlights

Highlights

Track the iconic grey wolves of Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley, the “American Serengeti”
Learn about the natural history of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with our biologist Trip Leader
Search for bison, elk, moose, pronghorn, black and grizzly bear
Witness the spectacular colors of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
Drift down the Snake River by private dory looking for bald eagles
Extend pre-trip to a remote ranch for days of hiking, horseback riding, and fly fishing

Details

Length: 7 days
Cost From: $6795  
Arrive: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Depart: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Lodging: 6 nights hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Wildlife viewing, easy to moderate walks and hikes

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